Brussels Airlines to make main cuts

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Brussels airways introduced “substantial and indispensable measures” to deal with the financial influence of the Coronavirus disaster. Those embrace decreasing its workforce, shrinking its fleet and providing fewer locations.

“The restructuring is urgently needed in order to survive the current crisis and to become structurally competitive in the future,” mentioned the corporate’s CEO Dieter Vranckx on Tuesday.

The Belgian flag-carrier’s workforce will probably be decreased by 25%, set to make use of 38 out of 54 aircrafts and its fleet will shrink by 30%, because the airline has been hard-hit by the grounded flights and lockdown measures imposed to include the pandemic. Brussels airways, whose flights account for 40% of site visitors at Brussels Airport, has suspended its flights since March 21.

The deliberate job cuts that account for 1,000 positions losses within the firm, led to talks between the federal authorities and the commerce unions that search help amid the disaster.

The authorities can be in talks with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines’ father or mother firm in an effort to get written ensures for the restructuring prices. Belgium’s Minister of Finance, Alexander De Croo will meet with Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr on May 15, to carry talks on the way forward for Brussels Airlines.

The Belgian authorities is trying into attainable state help of €290 million requested by Brussels Airlines, offered that the airline continues to make use of the Brussels Airport hub. The help will work as “a guarantee of security for the 75% of jobs that remain,” the corporate mentioned.

“The company is confident that with its turnaround plan it will be able to safeguard 75% of its employment and grow again in a profitable way as soon as the demand for air travel has recovered to a new normal, which is expected as of 2023,” Brussels Airlines’ assertion reads.